Le Reve performer wows on stage with prosthetic leg

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AJ Montgomery joined the cast two years ago, seemingly against all odds. (Source: 3TV/CBS  5) AJ Montgomery joined the cast two years ago, seemingly against all odds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Not only was he competing for a spot along-side six Olympic athletes, he was doing it with just one leg. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Not only was he competing for a spot along-side six Olympic athletes, he was doing it with just one leg. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
"You always ask why me? Why am I the one that has to go through this, I'm a good person," says Montgomery. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) "You always ask why me? Why am I the one that has to go through this, I'm a good person," says Montgomery. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Through it all, Montgomery hopes to prove that following your dream is stronger than any obstacle. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Through it all, Montgomery hopes to prove that following your dream is stronger than any obstacle. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Vegas is all about the shows! You just can't go to Sin City without taking in a show.

One of those must-sees is a spectacular show at The Wynn called Le Reve: The Dream. Set inside the aqua theater, it's an acrobatic fantasy world with all new music, costumes and choreography.

But what really sets this show apart is the courage and talent of one cast member who's breaking all barriers.  

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Not only is Le Reve one of the most visually stimulating shows on the Las Vegas Strip, but, for the performers, it's one of the most physically demanding.

The show is full of tumbling, stunts and daring acrobatics.

"It can't be described unless you are here," says performer AJ Montgomery. "We have so many different elements, that you have to see to believe."

AJ Montgomery joined the cast two years ago, seemingly against all odds. Not only was he competing for a spot along-side six Olympic athletes, he was doing it with just one leg.

"You always ask why me? Why am I the one that has to go through this, I'm a good person," says Montgomery.

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From a hospital bed, Montgomery's video diary chronicles getting hit by a car on his motorcycle, just four days after his initial audition for Le Reve.

"Someone hit me," says Montgomery as he holds back tears while speaking into the camera from his hospital room. "Someone decided that they thought it was safer to careen across four lanes of traffic than to just go to the next block."

This 31-year-old from Nebraska had been doing flips and stunts since he could walk. Performing was his life-long dream. But this accident was about to change everything. Three surgeries attempting to save his left leg had failed.

"Amputation seems to be the best option," he tells his YouTube audience. "So that seems to be the next step in my process, it is a rough one, I'm not ready to let go."

Montgomery became a below-the-knee amputee.

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Two weeks after his accident, he traveled to Las Vegas to watch the show he thought he had to let go off. But while in the audience, and during a tour back-stage with the cast and crew, he became more determined than ever.

He tells us the director of the show made him a promise, that he took to heart. That if he could do the stunts he was able to do during his initial rehearsal, that he would have a place on that stage.

"I just knew that if it was at any bit possible, that I was going to do it," says Montgomery.

But getting back to his life and re-auditioning for Le Reve one year later wasn't easy. Hours of physical therapy and workouts were grueling.

"I fell down today for the first time," he shares with his social media followers. "I'm just really frustrated." 

He was also told by some in the medical field to accept his limits.

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But he refused.

"I had a lot of people tell me, you have to realize your life is different now, some of the things you were able to do, you might not be able to do anymore. I just didn't want to hear any of it."

Hanger Prosthetics came to his rescue, encouraging him to go after his goal. He achieved that one year later, earning a position front and center on the main stage.

"As soon as I did that first backflip, I was first of all, ecstatic, and then I was like, 'oh my gosh, this is going to be possible, I know I can do this'" Montgomery says.

Hanger created four different legs for Montgomery, which he switches out during the show. One prosthetic is used for water, another for aerials, and two more help him achieve flips and dance moves.

"It was a traumatic experience that will always stay with me," he says. 

His prosthetic has become such a part of him, he says now, his friends only recognize him in the show, not by looking for his prosthetic, but by looking for a very prominent star tattoo on his back. Through it all, Montgomery hopes to prove that following your dream is stronger than any obstacle. 

"Now doing what I do every single day, there is not a day that goes by, not a moment that goes by on this stage where I'm not just happy to be alive and just be here. Every day I get to live my dream, yup, every day" Montgomery says.

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